Colby Rasmus cranked his first two home runs of the season, going back to back with red-hot rookie Tyler White in the fifth inning, as the Astros snapped a three-game losing streak with a 6-4 win over the Brewers on Saturday night at Miller Park.
The Astros loaded the bases with no outs in the first inning against Brewers starter Wily Peralta (0-2) and took a 2-0 lead on sacrifice flies by Rasmus and White. Rasmus' first homer of the season, in the third inning, made it 3-0, and Rasmus and White bashed tape-measure homers in the fifth to make it 6-1.
"They were pretty good," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said of the Rasmus-White combo. "We hit the long ball, but the quality of at-bats really throughout the middle of the order was pretty exceptional. Three, four, five putting up that kind of quality at-bats, it's a difficult three-some to get through, and we showed it tonight."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Colby Jack is back: Rasmus, who hit a career-high 25 home runs last season, needed five games to hit his first homer of the year when he hit a solo shot in the third, and he added a two-run blast in the fifth. It was his eighth career multihomer game. More >
"It just felt good to get us flowing good and to get up on those guys and get us a W," Rasmus said. "We needed to win that game."
Rough start: Peralta's struggles continued Saturday, as he was unable to make it through the fifth inning for the second time this season. The right-hander was tagged for six runs on seven hits with four walks, and he allowed back-to-back home runs before being pulled with one out in the fifth inning. Peralta, Milwaukee's Opening Day starter, has allowed 10 earned runs over 8 1/3 innings this year. More >
"I'm having a tough time locating my pitches," Peralta said. "I'm leaving pitches in the middle of the plate. That's all. I just have to make a little adjustment in my [bullpen session] between starts and go out there and execute. That's all."
Fister rights the ship: Fister's debut with the Astros certainly wasn't dominating, but he was good enough to be the first starter since Dallas Keuchel on Opening Day to win a game. Astros starters were 0-2 with a 13.50 ERA in the three games prior to Saturday following Keuchel's season debut. More >
"You always want to build upon the last guy," Fister said. "That's what good teams do. It doesn't matter whether we're 10-0 or 0-10, you're going out there and giving it your all. We want to win every day."
Late rally: Down to their final out, the Brewers brought the winning run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth. Yadiel Rivera started things with a single, while Jonathan Villar drew a seven-pitch walk. However, Astros closer Luke Gregerson got Domingo Santana to ground out to shortstop to end the game.
"I thought the last half of the game we did a great job," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "We battled, we put pressure on them. The bullpen was outstanding. We pieced it together and got through the last 4 2/3 [innings] and we gave ourselves a chance in the ninth."
QUOTABLE "It's no secret those first few games here we've had a little hiccup in the pitching department, but I don't think anybody was worried about us. It was a matter of time before everything started clicking back together, and tonight was a good start." -- Gregerson, who got his second save
SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS White became the first Astros player to have three home runs in his first five career games.More >
WHAT'S NEXT Astros: Reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Keuchel makes his second start of the season in Sunday's 1:10 p.m. CT series finale at Miller Park. Keuchel faced the Brewers three times in his rookie season of 2012, going 0-2 with an 11.68 ERA.
Brewers: After finding himself on the losing end of a pitchers' duel in his season debut,Jimmy Nelson will take the ball for the Brewers in the series finale against the Astros on Sunday. Nelson held the Giants to two runs over 7 1/3 innings on Tuesday.